Point Hope says grav­ing dock would cre­ate 200 trades jobs

Pro­posal ad­ja­cent to Dock­side Green un­der re­view by city, fed­eral de­part­ments

Times Colonist - - Business - CARLA WIL­SON cjwil­son@times­colonist.com

A new grav­ing dock at Point Hope Mar­itime would gen­er­ate a steady stream of busi­ness that would cre­ate 200 new trades jobs and sup­port a grow­ing ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram.

That’s the ex­pec­ta­tion from Point Hope Mar­itime, which is stag­ing a pub­lic open house at 360 Har­bour Rd. on Sun­day from noon to 3 p.m.

Not only would the project bring jobs, but it would gen­er­ate many mil­lions of dol­lars worth of work in Vic­to­ria’s Up­per Har­bour.

Ian Maxwell, founder of the Ral­max Group of Com­pa­nies, which in­cludes Point Hope, said Thurs­day that build­ing a grav­ing dock de­liv­er­ing re­li­able ser­vice would at­tract more work from the U.S.

Point Hope con­cen­trates on ship re­pair.

“We have some strate­gic al­liances with some other com­pa­nies that we work with, and some of them have ves­sels that they are go­ing to bring to us,” Maxwell said. “I think that some of the fleet own­ers are go­ing to be very happy to bring us their ves­sels on a steady ba­sis.”

Plans call for a grav­ing dock run­ning 571 feet long, 115 feet wide and 20 feet deep. It would be able to ser­vice ves­sels up to 560 feet long.

A gate mid­way would per­mit two smaller ves­sels in at the same time.

Grav­ing docks work by al­low­ing ves­sels to float in­side.

Once there, the water is pumped out and the ves­sel rests on blocks, al­low­ing work­ers to gain ac­cess to ar­eas nor­mally un­der­wa­ter.

It is ex­pected that one large ves­sel would pull in ev­ery three weeks.

Point Hope’s ship-re­pair fo­cus was for­ti­fied in June, when it signed a five-year deal with B.C. Fer­ries to per­form main­te­nance and re­pair work on eight smaller fer­ries.

A de­vel­op­ment per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion for the grav­ing dock has gone to Vic­to­ria city hall .

A fed­eral ap­pli­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted in June to Trans­port Canada, which over­sees a per­mit­ting process that also in­volves En­vi­ron­ment Canada and Fish­eries and Oceans Canada.

Maxwell fig­ures the grav­ing dock would take up to two years to build and cost at least $50 mil­lion, but costs have not been fi­nal­ized.

Adding a grav­ing dock to Point Hope, which Maxwell bought in 2003, would al­low the op­er­a­tion to ex­pand its ap­pren­tice­ship-train­ing pro­gram.

Ral­max is com­mit­ted to spon­sor­ing 50 ap­pren­tice­ships over the next three years through its com­pa­nies, a com­pany state­ment said.

Gen­eral labour­ers earn about $90,000 an­nu­ally, in­clud­ing ben­e­fits. Skilled-trades jobs run from $110,000 to $130,000, in­clud­ing ben­e­fits, the state­ment said.

Maxwell said work­ers at United En­gi­neer­ing, an­other Ral­max com­pany, are car­ry­ing out the fine-ma­chin­ing on the steel de­liv­ered from China for the new John­son Street Bridge, get­ting it ready to in­stall.

Their ef­forts are “world-class and as fine a work as could be done any­where — and it’s be­ing done in Vic­to­ria,” he said.

The com­pany would con­tinue work within ex­ist­ing noise by­laws, the state­ment said.

Grav­ing dock plans come as Bosa De­vel­op­ments an­nounced this week that it is pur­chas­ing the re­main­ing 10 acres of land to be de­vel­oped on the ad­ja­cent Dock­side Green project.

An artist’s ren­der­ing of the Point Hope Mar­itime grav­ing dock. Plans call for a dock run­ning 571 feet long, 115 feet wide and 20 feet deep. It would be able to ser­vice ves­sels up to 560 feet long.

An aerial view of how far the pro­posed Point Hope grav­ing dock would ex­tend into the har­bour.

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